On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 3 p.m., a gallery talk will be held for the exhibition Obscurity of the Present, which has been on display in the East Georgia State College Art Gallery during the month of August. Speaking will be artists Desmal Purcell and Anthony Faris. Other artists displaying work include Bridget Conn, Bryan Ghiloni and Jean Gray Mohs.
Obscurity of the Present is a thematic exhibition featuring work by the StillmoreRoots Artist Collective. The exhibition has taken place through a series of phases in August, as work was added to the exhibition, allowing viewers the opportunity to watch it unfold. This nontraditional exhibition format creates challenges for both the viewer and the gallery staff. Typically, shows are hung en masse, allowing the curator to coordinate the layout of the exhibition in a manner that creates a strong visual flow throughout the gallery space. It also allows the viewer the opportunity to take the show in as a whole and then explore individual works. In this exhibition, the work was hung—sight unseen—throughout the month. Viewers encountered the gallery at different stages of completion upon each visit. This implies that, for the viewer to participate in the unfolding narrative, they need to make multiple trips to the exhibition space.
The work itself also deals with a sense of time and the challenge of interpreting what is taking place in the present sense. The history of the StillmoreRoots Artist Collective tells us (even before seeing the actual work) that much of the exhibition will be conceptual, some of the exhibition will be interactive, and the exhibition as a whole will be geared towards engaging the viewer in a variety of different approaches.
Don’t miss the Gallery Talk on August 31 at 3 p.m. in the EGSC Art Gallery, located in the Jean Anderson Morgan Student Activities Center!